R. Adams

Chair — Rodney Adams
Director, Mecklenburg County (NC) Department of Community Resources

Rodney Adams currently serves as Director for the Mecklenburg County Department of Community Resources, where he leads the County’s Health and Human Services integration effort to integrate segments of Public Health, Child Support, Veterans and Social Services.

Rodney brings to this role over 30 years in Human Services experience, previously serving as Social Services Department Deputy Director, Support Services Director, Aging Services Director, and Economic Services Director.

In June 2018, Rodney pioneered the launch of the first, to be six, place-based Health and Human Services Community Resource Centers, to be strategically located throughout Charlotte-Mecklenburg. Through collaboration with community leaders, non-profit, faith and other civic leaders, the Community Resource Center focuses on delivering integrated health and human service programs utilizing a Social Determinant lens to strengthen individuals and families, promote health and wellness and build communities.

Throughout his tenure, Rodney has served on numerous boards and initiatives, including serving as County Champion for implementation of the North Carolina Families Accessing Services through Technology (NCFAST), currently serving as a member of the American Public Human Services Association’s Local Council Executive Committee, and the Association’s Center for Employment and Economic Well-Being Committee, and executive member of the Race Matters for Juvenile Justice Initiative in Mecklenburg County. Rodney is a well-respected, sought-out voice engaged in numerous local, state and national panel discussions and initiatives focused on use of social determinants for increased self-sufficiency and stability, and most recently served as a panelist for the Merge Mobility Community Conversation spearheaded by North Carolina’s 12th Congressional District Congresswoman Alma Adams.

Rodney holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical and Theological Studies and Master’s in Theology and holds County Administration certification from the UNC School of Government at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Rodney also serves as a pastor in his local community and is married to his wife of 32 years, Linda, and they have two children.

Kate Garvey

Vice Chair — Kate Garvey
Director, City of Alexandria (VA) Department of Community and Human Services

Kate Garvey is currently the Director of the Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) for the City of Alexandria. DCHS is a unified department that is focused on the safety, well-being, and economic security of the residents of Alexandria. It provides social, behavioral health, workforce, developmental disability, early childhood, domestic violence, and aging services to more than 20,000 residents each year. Prior to going to Alexandria, Ms. Garvey served as the Chief of Children, Youth and Family Services of the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services for more than 10 years. There she focused on services and integrated approaches to support children and families and advancing opportunities and economic security for youth and adults. Prior to Montgomery County, she worked in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where she was served as the Executive Deputy Director for the Allegheny County Department of Human Services (DHS). Her responsibilities included service integration approaches and organizational development initiatives. Prior to DHS, Ms. Garvey worked for a non-profit educational organization where she was responsible for early childhood and family support services, including Head Start, child care partnerships and community development activities. Ms. Garvey has served on multiple boards, including serving as the President of the Maryland Association of Social Services Directors, as a member of the Governor’s State Joint Advisory Council on Early Childhood Education and Care (Maryland) and non-profit boards focused on social justice and economic security issues. Ms. Garvey has a Master’s degree in Social Work in Community Organizing and Planning and a BA in English Literature from the University of Pittsburgh.


Mary Berg
Executive Director, Jefferson County (CO) Department of Human Services

Mary Berg is the Executive Director of Jefferson County Department of Human Services where she has served the community for over 23 years. She is passionate about early education, providing employment opportunities and ensuring the safety and well-being of children, their families and vulnerable adults in a developing ecosystem. She has led child welfare reform efforts such as Differential Response and Workforce Initiatives to enable Jefferson County to serve more children, families, and adults in their communities. She has been active at the local, state and national levels providing leadership to expand child welfare programs, systems of care and legislation impacting children, families, and adults. Ms. Berg received her Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. he has co-authored publications on Teamwork and has given several presentations on workforce development and child welfare services at State and National conferences.


Cheryl Boley
Director, Perry County (OH) Job and Family Services

Bio coming soon.

Marc Cherna

Marc Cherna
Director, Allegheny County (PA) Department of Human Services

Marc Cherna has served as Director of the Allegheny County Department of Human Services (DHS) for 22 years. This integrated department, with a budget of $900 million dollars, serving one out of every five residents, includes programs from cradle to grave. In this role, he has implemented system-wide changes that have resulted in significant improvement in outcomes for the vulnerable residents of the county.

Under Mr. Cherna’s direction, the DHS has received numerous awards and national recognition for their work. He has also received many personal awards including the American Public Human Services Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the Casey Family Program’s first Lifetime Achievement in Child Welfare Leadership Award, The American Public Human Services Association’s Betsey Rosenbaum award for Excellence in Child Welfare Administration, the Exemplar Award from the Network For Social Work Management, and the Coleman award for Excellence in Community Service from the Institute of Politics. He serves on numerous boards and committees, including the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Social Work’s Board of Visitors, the University of Pittsburgh’s Institute of Politics Board of Fellows, the American Public Human Services Administrators Leadership Council, and until recently he served for a decade on the Mayor of Philadelphia’s Community Oversight Board.

Marc began his career in human services as a youth worker over 45 years ago. He has extensive experience in the field, including 13 years as an Assistant Director with the New Jersey Department of Human Services.

He received his B.A. degree from the State University of New York at Binghamton and an MSW from the Hunter College School of Social Work in New York City. He has three children and six grandchildren who take up most of his time outside of work.

Paul Fleissner

Paul Fleissner
Deputy County Administrator, Olmsted County (MN) Health, Housing & Human Services

Paul Fleissner has worked in human services for over 30 years. Over his career Paul has worked in the non-profit sector, and also for the state and county. Paul is a social worker who also has an accounting degree. Paul’s experience includes work for the state, county and in the NFP sector. In 2003, Paul was appointed the Director of Community Services for Olmsted County. In 2018, Paul was promoted tDeputy County Administrator responsible for the Health, Housing and Human Services (HHHS) Division. The HHHS Division includes public health, social services, public assistance, community corrections, the Housing and Redevelopment Authority, and veteran services.

Paul’s work has focused on consumer-focused integrated services over the years. His most recent opportunities have been integrating Public Health Department and the Housing and Redevelopment Authority into a human services agency and leveraging the tools and resources of both to build supportive housing services for the vulnerable populations served in our community.

Paul is the past president of the Minnesota Association of County Social Service Administrators (MACSSA). For a number of years Paul served as the legislative committee co-chair for MACSSA. He currently serves on the board of the National Association of County Human Service Administrators (NACHSA) as well as on the Locals Council Executive Board, Affiliate President’s Council (Chair), and the Board of the Association of Public Human Services Administrators (APHSA). Finally, Paul is on the Community Advisory Board for the Opportunity and Inclusive Growth Institute at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis.

Paul’s current work focuses on building an integrated service system across the healthcare, public health, housing, and social services system that maximizes the impact on the lives of individuals and families.

Lexie Kuznick

Lexie Kuznick
Policy Director, CO Human Services Directors Association

Lexie Kuznick is the Director of the Colorado Human Services Directors Association (CHSDA), where she has, over the past 5 years, also served as Policy Director and Policy Analyst. CHSDA is a non-profit association that represents county human services directors across the state and promotes a human services system that encourages self-sufficiency of families and communities, and protects vulnerable children and adults from abuse and neglect.

Lexie Kuznick is the Director of the Colorado Human Services Directors Association (CHSDA), where she has, over the past 5 years, also served as Policy Director and Policy Analyst. CHSDA is a non-profit association that represents county human services directors across the state and promotes a human services system that encourages self-sufficiency of families and communities, and protects vulnerable children and adults from abuse and neglect.

Prior to these roles, Lexie served as a Legislative Assistant and Counsel to the late Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) where she advised the Senator on topics including civil rights, criminal justice, gun safety, labor, immigration, judicial, and telecommunications issues. She has also worked as the Deputy Legal Counsel for the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Revenue and as an Equal Justice Works Fellow and Staff Attorney with the Urban Justice Center’s Domestic Violence Project in New York City.

Lexie received her law degree from Harvard Law School and a Bachelor’s degree in history and women’s studies from Washington University in St. Louis. She lives in Colorado with her husband and daughter.

Nick Macchione

Nick Macchione
FACHE, Agency Director, County of San Diego (CA) Health and Human Services Agency

With over 30 years of experience leading health and human services, Nick Macchione serves as San Diego County’s Director of the Health and Human Services Agency. Macchione oversees a workforce of approximately 6,400 employees and a $2.2 billion annual budget, which serves over 1.3 million people. In his role, Macchione is at the forefront of a paradigm shift transforming how government serves the public to live well. As the architect and strategist of “Live Well San Diego,” Macchione is championing a large-scale, social movement for prevention, wellness and whole person care. Since its inception in 2010, community based organizations to collectively unify a region where everyone can be healthy, safe and thriving.

His efforts transcend organizational and jurisdictional boundaries in a generative way, moving beyond politics to improve lives. The Agency is one of the largest, integrated health and human services networks in the nation and has earned numerous national accolades for its highly innovative and cost effective solutions in improving the health, safety and well-being among residents across the region. In his role, Macchione manages the day-to-day operations of major departments of which include: Public Health, Behavioral Health, Inpatient Medical Care (109-licensed bed acute-care Psychiatric Hospital and 192-licensed bed sub-acute care Edgemoor Hospital), Public Assistance Services, Child Welfare Services, Aging & Independence Services, Public Guardian & Public Administrator, Early Childhood Development Services and the Executive Office (finance, operations, human resources, compliance, strategy, information technology, legislative affairs, media and contracts). Medicaid managed care network for 975,000 lives including major safety net programs to increase access to healthcare for those without health insurance, as well as, managed the care of special health needs populations (developmentally disabled, severely physically disabled, and/or mentally ill).

Under Macchione’s direction, the Baldrige Foundation recently recognized the Agency with the 2017 Silver level California Awards for Performance Excellence (CAPE) Eureka Award for Performance Excellence, and Edgemoor Distinct Part Skilled Nursing Facility 2017 Gold level for Excellence in Quality Award. Both awards acknowledge outstanding commitment to sustainable excellence through innovation, continuous improvement, visionary leadership and serve as models of excellence in providing high-quality care.

Macchione holds Master’s degrees from Columbia University and NYU specializing in leadership, management and policy and is the Baldrige Foundation’s 2018 Harry S. Hertz Leadership Award Recipient. A leader, professor and a lifelong scholar, Macchione is actively involved in community and professional activities at both the national and regional level. Macchione is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, a Public Health Leadership Scholar with the Public Health.Institute/federal CDC and a Creating Healthier Communities Fellow of the American Hospital Association. For the past 21 years, he has been an instructor and faculty member at San Diego State University’s Graduate School of Public Health and holds the endowed position of the John Hanlon Executive Scholar for the division of health management and policy.

Dan Makelky

Dan Makelky
Director, Douglas County (CO) Department of Human Services

Dan Makelky currently serves as the Director of the Douglas County Department of Human Services in Colorado. This agency includes Divisions of Colorado Works, Child Welfare, Adult Protection and Community Assistance, which includes Medicaid, Food Assistance, Adult and Aging Services and Child Support Enforcement. He serves on national, state and local boards and committees in Colorado. He is the Past President of the Colorado Human Services Directors Association (CHSDA).

Prior to this position, Mr. Makelky was the Associate Director of Programs and the Child Protection Administrator for the Colorado Department of Human Services’ Division of Child Welfare, overseeing child welfare practice within Colorado’s state run, county- administered system.

Wanda Rogers

Wanda Rogers
Director, Hampton (VA) Department of Human Services

Wanda E. Rogers serves as the Director of the Hampton Department of Human Services where she leads the local team of the Healthy Families Partnership, the Children’s Services Act and the Department of Social Services. She has more than a decade of experience safeguarding and sustaining outcome-focused initiatives for adults, children and families. With an explicit vision for overall health and well-being for all Hampton families, she encourages innovation that promotes quality of life, reduces poverty, furthers opportunities to thrive and insures safety.

Wanda E. Rogers began her career as a social worker after earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Virginia State University. She studied Public Administration and Public Policy at Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Virginia. She was selected to be a member of the Hampton child welfare team and gained more than 25 years experience working with children and families served by the foster care system. She next served as the Comprehensive Services Act for At-Risk Youth and Families (CSA) representative where she was responsible for the development of specialized foster home and in-home services that were instrumental in supporting children and families remaining in their homes, schools and communities. In each subsequent role she focused on innovation. She led multi-agency teams that brought together diverse initiatives including Systems of Care, Wraparound Family Conferencing, Healthy Families and Court Improvement “best practices”. She has been sought as a consultant for Virginia localities as well as other localities around the country seeking her advice in order to improve their child welfare systems.

She remains on the cutting edge through active participation with local, state and national affiliations to include the Hampton Executive Management Team, the Virginia League of Social Services Executives and the American Public Human Services Association. She is the wife of Keith Sr. and the mother of Brittany and Keith Jr. She proudly asserts that they are incredible, each making amazing contributions to Virginia communities. Her hobbies include traveling with Keith Sr. to exotic and exciting places.

Josephine Wong

Josephine Wong
Deputy Director, King County (WA) Department of Community and Human Services

Josephine Wong is Deputy Director of the King County Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS), managing an annual budget of $750 million and 450 employees. At King County, Josephine led the revamp of a homelessness information system in 2016, which now provides timely, accurate and transparent data to the region. Currently, Josephine is leading an effort between DCHS, Public Health Seattle-King County and the Department of Information Technology to create a Data Hub, integrating data from the behavioral health database, Medicaid claims database, and the homelessness information system to better serve and improve outcomes for individuals and families accessing multiple services in King County. Josephine manages systems to achieve results.

Prior to joining King County, Josephine served as Chief Operating Officer at Capitol Hill Housing, a local public development authority. Josephine aligned technological infrastructure with organizational growth, and streamlined systems in financial tracking and property management reporting. In service to the community, Josephine is treasurer on the Board of Directors for the Capitol Hill Housing Foundation and recently also served as a board member of the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce. She volunteers with Out In Front, an organization focused on leadership development in the LGBTQ community and she also volunteers with the Northwest Ladies Golf Association. Josephine is a Children and Family Fellow with the Annie E. Casey Foundation. She holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the Lundquist College of Business at the University of Oregon.